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SAMMIES winner Katie Knipp hits the Billboard charts

Blues performer and two-time SAMMIES winner Katie Knipp has just been given another honor to tuck under her belt. Early yesterday morning, Knipp learned she hit the Billboard Blues top ten for the second time in a row. While 2018’s Take It With You landed in the number ten spot, her newest, The Well, shot to number four straight out of the gate.


Destroy Boys keep it loud

Destroy Boys on their new single, signing to Hopeless Records, and this weekend’s livestream “Those shows were so sick, especially the Sacramento show,” says Alexia…



Checking in: SAMMIES 2020 winners and nominees

If there’s any time we need the comfort of music, it’s now. For the next few weeks, we’ll be checking in on some 2020 SAMMIES nominees and winners and nominees to see how they’ve stayed creative over the last year.






Making music in Trump era

“I have to acknowledge that Trump won,” Charles Albright says. “He didn’t just do a mildly successful local band based on the fakeness of celebrity. He rules the world with the fakeness of celebrity.”




Anton Barbeau returns to Sacramento with Manbird

“I think originally after we saw Lady Bird, we thought, ‘Let’s make our own film called Manbird’—just kind of a joke where I wandered around the streets of Sacramento or whatever. But then I thought, ‘Wow, gotta make a song out of this.’”


Music review: Free Advice, Cindy

This record is—in the best way—not for dancing; it’s for swaying. Or, to make my recommendation hyper-specific to Sacramento, it’s a record to be absorbed while laying on your floor under your wall-unit AC on 100-degree-plus days.


New-old oldies for night owls

Unless you’re looking for it—and that’s if you listen to terrestrial radio at all—you’ll probably miss KJAY 1430 AM/98.1 FM on your dial. But the…



Record store solidarity

Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage was open for just a week at its new location before public health regulations forced it to close temporarily during the…